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Bellingham, Washington – One Person Injured After Explosion of Propane Tanks at Encampment

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Posted on February 17, 2020

Bellingham, Washington (February 16, 2020) – One person was injured in an explosion of propane tanks that occurred in a homeless encampment near Brandywine Way and Barkley Boulevard. According to the report from KIRO7 News, the patient was taken to a hospital, but no further word about their condition has been given. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

The Bellingham Police Department tweeted about the incident around 8 p.m. to warn people to stay away from the area as the scene was still active. The incident was described as the explosion of several small propane tank that caused a fire in a wooded area. Around 8:30 p.m. however Bellingham Fire reported that the danger was over and the scene was being cleared. The incident is under investigation.

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According to information from the World Health Organization, burn injuries are caused when cells in the skin or other tissues are destroyed, usually through heat, or by contact with radiation, radioactivity, electricity, friction or chemicals. Regardless of the cause, burn injuries are painful, and in severe cases can lead to other complications or even death. Children and women are said to be more susceptible to burns, especially in cases of house fires. In spite of these grim statistics, it is important to keep in mind that burns are also preventable.

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